THE LIGHTNING INSIDER
After last night’s important and impressive Lightning win, today’s a good day to clean out The Insider’s email box. Thanks to everyone who has been sending questions; I’m sorry I’ve been so slow with responses.
In honor of Johan Holmqvist’s strong performance last night, the first question I’ll answer is from Ray, who’s wondering what’s on the back of Holmer’s mask. Johan has one of the simpler goalie masks in the
Now, to the many readers/Lightning fans/random guys worried about their fantasy hockey teams, here’s the best update I can provide on defenseman Dan Boyle.
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Phil is wondering if the game is faster now than it was back in the 60s and 70s, and if the players train year-round.
Phil, I’d have to say yes for a few reasons. Today’s players have the advantage of all the modern dietary and training advances, so they’re generally faster skaters and better athletes. Equipment advances (skates, lighter pads) also contribute to the speed of today’s game, and it does seem like players take generally shorter shifts.
As for the off-season training regimens, most players take a month or so off to rest at the end of the season then they dive into their training plan. However, a lot of players don’t start skating again until a month or so before training camp opens.
Will is wondering why the fourth line doesn’t get more ice time.
Well, with the superstars the Lightning have on the top two lines, it’s inevitable that the fourth line isn’t going to see a lot of time.
Katie suggested the Lightning go after Alex Ovechkin.
Katie, while Ovechkin’s obviously a superstar and you can bet the Capitals wouldn’t part with him, I think everyone in
Gina is wondering how the training staff determines if a player who has been injured is OK to return to the game.
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Jennifer asks what the consequences would be if a fan interferes with the game, the players on the bench or a player in the penalty box.
Well Jennifer, the initial consequence would be that the fan would likely be shown the door and lose out on enjoying the rest of their evening! Fans have been arrested before for getting physical with players on the bench and in the penalty box, and it is possible for the game officials to penalize the home team if fans interfere with the game in progress. And besides, why would anyone want to mess with an
Finally, Randy is wondering if goaltender Jonathan Boutin is ready for the NHL.
Good question Randy. Jonathan has really done his best to climb the Lightning’s depth chart in the past couple years and has raised some eyebrows in the process. His play in the minors made moving former goaltending prospect Gerald Coleman in the deal that landed the Lightning Shane O’Brien a much easier decision. Boutin has seen his games played in the American Hockey League rise during the previous two seasons and he is on pace to continue that this year. Right now Boutin has a